NYC – Flowers an Inspiration

A limited series that first appeared on Facebook and Instagram

Taking a little break from the streets of NYC to highlight the flowers that help make our visual world so interesting.

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Witches in NYC

Almost every weekend there is a street fair or festival going on somewhere throughout New York City. This weekend I visited a Witchsfest at Astor Square.

It is always fun to see events that feature “cultures” so different than mine. There were vendors highlighting witchy, New Age, Gothic and steampunk – I have no idea what these are?

And you can take home a magic item made right before your eyes.

It was interesting to see how many spectators were interested in witchcraft.

NYC – Soldiers & Sailors Monument -Memorial Day

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In1893, a Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Association was formed. It proposed a triumphal arch at Grand Army Plaza, at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, however, after opposition it was erected on Riverside Drive. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the monument in December of 1900. For years the monument was the terminus of New York City’s Memorial Day Parade. This massive circular temple-like monument located along Riverside Drive at 89th Street commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance: Monday, May 27, 2019 (Riverside Drive & 89th St)

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Below.Addition information about a few of the battles listed on the monument.

Click on pictures below for more information

Malverne Hill
Malverne Hill

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Murfreeboro

Port Hudson
Port Hudson

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Wilderness

NYC Easter Bonnet – Easter Parade – Easter Bunny – Easter Eggs

In New York City, the Easter Parade tradition dates back to the mid-1800s, when the upper crust of society would attend Easter services at various Fifth Avenue churches then stroll outside afterward, showing off their new spring outfits and hats. Average citizens started showing up along Fifth Avenue to check out the action.

In 1948, the popular film Easter Parade was released, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and featuring the music of Irving Berlin. The title song includes the lyrics: “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it/You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.”

Easter Parade starting at about 10am and continuing until 4pm, the parade marches north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street in Manhattan from 10am-4pm on Easter Sunday.  Unlike most New York City Parades, the Easter Parade isn’t an organized event.

It is a time to enjoy decorative chapeaus and the delight of the Easter holiday.

 

When I was growing up my folks always got my brother and me a new suit for Easter.

DO you have any old photos of Easter?

By the early twentieth century, Americans became more and more invested in the Easter outfit—the hat, in particular. Because Easter coincides with seasonal fecundity, women garnered fresh flowers to wear in their hair and in their bonnets. Lilies, daffodils, azaleas with their red, pink or even crème colored blooms, Hyacinths, purple and white, as well as pussy willows and red tulips are considered traditional Easter flowers

 

 

 

Easter Bonnets can be whimsical, fantastical, with a hint of fabulist narrative, whether religious, seasonal or cultural, all adding to the magic of the hat.

 

These days, the Easter Bonnet can be wild, They can also be simple and playful, subtly nodding to the Bonnet’s modern tradition with a bunny ear or two. What will your Easter Bonnet hold?

 

 

 

 

The Easter Bunny – Easter Eggs

 

Have you ever wondered how a rabbit and chocolate eggs became associated with Easter?

The exact origins of the famous bunny are unclear however many sites have stated that it may have come from pre-Christian Germany. The hare was said to be the symbol of the pagan Goddess of Spring and Fertility, Eostre or Ostara. As anyone who is familiar with hares or rabbits will know, they are a great symbol for fertility as they have great ‘stamina’. The festival of Eostre and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus soon became intertwined and the Christian holiday Easter was born.

The Germans changed the image of the rabbit into Oschter Haws, a rabbit who would lay a nest of coloured eggs for good children on the night before Easter. As the legend and popularity of Oshter Haws spread throughout the States, he soon became the Easter Bunny.

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring.

Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Did you color eggs for Easter?

 

 

 

 

 

NYC -Christopher Street and more

A good place to walk is in the West VIllage – a section of the city that manages to preserve a low-key, everyone-knows-everyone feel and picturesque charm.

Quiet Street

So this journey begins on Christopher Street and meanders along Hudson Street, Washington Street and West 13th Street.

Note: my walks are not meant to be followed literally, rather they are offered as an inspiration for you to create your own adventure.

West 13th Street

Getting a flavor of the area

Christopher Street

 

There is a lovely garden at St. Luke in the fields church at Christopher and Hudson Streets

Brooklyn – Prospect Park 7000 pinwheels

Today,I traveled to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to look at  7,000 yellow Pinwheels. The pinwheels — which range from 6 to 11 inches in size — span 2¹/₂ acres of the Rose Garden, a quiet corner of the park.

Students from 40 city schools were asked to submit designs. Several of these were printed and folded into the installation’s bright yellow pinwheels, which are made from a renewable material generated from crushed stones.

The installation is going to close on July 17th.

Interesting enough was that I have never been to Prospect Park in all the years I have visited and lived in NYC. Now that I have broken the ice, I will venture to other boroughs as well.

Macy’s Flower Show – 2017

Saturday, I missed my subway stop and head to go to the next one. Adjust and switch platforms, go back and regroup…End result I had to get off at Herald Square. I walked out of the subway looking straight at Macy’s windows full of flowers. Well it wasn’t my original destination – which was Korea Town – but a look inside had to be done.

This was the first day of the annual Flower Show kicks and runs through April 9. I didn’t spend too much time inside but here is a brief summary. I just explored the main floor and a few of the windows facing Broadway. There were floral displays of bumper cars, roller coasters and a Ferris wheel, all designed a “Carnival” theme. The following photos will walk you through the main aisle of the store.

For additional events during  the week go here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC -East 70’s – a quick look at fashion and food along the Avenues

 

 

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Many people explore the city by walking near a major tourist attraction, but try venturing a little further away . You may find a greater mix of stores and restaurants that may be more interesting and affordable.

Lately, I took a walk from Lexington Avenue along East 73rd Street heading towards the East River. I did enjoy strolling along the quaint tree-lined blocks, checking out historic townhouses and I ventured up and down the adjacent Avenues to see some  stores and restaurants that are less than a block away from 73rd Street.

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Part of my door series

 

This blog has mostly store windows (fashion) and one interesting Persian Restaurant. However, in my enjoyment of the walk, I forgot to note where I took many of them.

 

I peeked into this little Persian Restaurant only to find that I was too early for lunch.

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2nd Avenue and 73rd Street

 

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Long and narrow

 

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Well, the adventure is in getting out and finding the world around us…

so enjoy and  happy walking!

A little background of the East 70’s area

  • This portion of the Upper East Side is home to schools like the Hewitt School, P.S. 158, P.S. 267, Eleanor Roosevelt High School along with Marymount Manhattan College and the Allen-Stevenson School.
  • Much of the old architecture in this part of the Upper East Side is Neo-Renaissance and French neoclassical. Historic, luxurious mansions like the Henry T. Sloane House at 9 E. 72nd St. and the Edward C. Converse Mansion at 3 E. 78th St.
  • The Henry Clay Frick mansion at 1 E. 70th St. now serves as a museum displaying Fricks art collection.
  • Central Park is just to the west.

 

NYC – a hint of spring – great time for a walk

When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. Ryan Adams

Today, I share with you a hint of spring here in NYC. The weather is warmer, flowers are in bloom and the outside world is coming alive!

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Noticed the Austrian Cultural Forum and looked inside

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Wooden Racks for drying Hay
Wooden Racks for drying Hay

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Movable Thoughts

Remember… adventure is always around the corner… enjoy your walk.

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